The Spotlight Initiative in partnership with the Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund, is looking for a Non-Governmental Organisation to provide institutional capacity development for local grassroots civil society organizations in Papua New Guinea

Purpose and objective of this call

The overall purpose of this call is to identify and partner with a National, Regional or International Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), to support civil society grassroots organizations:

1) with implementation, monitoring, evaluation, reporting of their projects which were successful in the first round of call for proposals (seven existing local grassroots CSO partners);

2) with proposal design for those interested in applying for the second round of Call for Proposal due in May; and

3) with capacity development and training opportunities which strengthen accountability and financial stewardship of donor resources for all WPHF-Spotlight Initiative grantees (through two Calls for Proposal rounds total of 15 grassroots organizations).


Nature and Scope of the Call for Proposals

The WPHF-Spotlight partnership will fund a qualifying national, regional or international NGO with preferably presence or experience working with local grassroots organizations in Papua New Guinea- to support CSOs that receive WPHF/Spotlight Initiative funding. Special attention will be provided to applications that have demonstrated experience in providing capacity building support to CSOs and grassroots organizations working on EVAW, protection issues for women and girls and civil society strengthening. Special attention will also be provided to women-led and women’s rights/feminist applicants  and to organizations that apply feminist and gender-sensitive methodologies.


Duration of Partnership

The partnership will begin in April 2021 and end in December 2022. 



Institutional support will be provided to grantees situated across PNG, including Eastern Highlands, Chimbu, Southern Highlands, Hela, Enga, West Sepik, East New Britain, Western, Jiwaka and NCD. It is expected that the N/R/INGO will provide to grantees wherever as possible in-person support or remotely, adhering to the existing COVID19 restrictions.


Size of Grants and Funding Amount

The WPHF will grant a maximum of $200,000 USD to deliver the aforementioned activities to support local organizations until December 2022. This includes all costs related to travel and logistics, training initiatives and contribution to staff costs.


Who is Eligible to Apply?

National, Regional and International Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) who have experience working with local CSOs in PNG are eligible to apply and who have a proven track record working on women’s rights, feminist and human-rights based principles, addressing violence against women and girls, protection issues of women and girls, and institutional capacity building. CSO consortiums are also eligible.


The following are NOT eligible to apply:

  • Government agencies or institutions;
  • UN agencies or UN Country Teams;
  • Private individuals;
  • Private sector entities;
  • Universities and Education institutions


A proof of legal registration (or legal status) is a required attachment for any grant application. Applications without clear proof of legal status will be considered incomplete and will be withdrawn from the application process. Note that articles of incorporation are not proof of legal status.


Download the Call for Proposals and the Proposal Template for more information on this opportunity.

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